We don’t review a lot of products (that aren’t new cars) here on CarNewsCafe, but sometimes something comes along and we just have to try it. This time around, it was something that I can totally appreciate as the father of two girls, aged 4 and 5. I get one or two cars a week as press loans to test drive and put a lot of miles on them. Many of those miles include one or both of my kids in the back seat. I’ve gotten very good at installing and removing child safety seats, but not so good at keeping things organized or having things ready-to-go so that when the inevitable complaints come (“Dad, I’m hungry!” “Can I draw on this?”) I have to stop to take care of them.
Not anymore. I was offered the chance to try out the BubbleBum Junkie in-car organizer along with a Sneck pillow for kids. These are some life-saving units right here. Heads up, parents. I’m about to save you a lot of grief.
The Junkie is a little plastic box that unfolds to become a wondrous unit containing play trays, drink holders, a tablet holder, and a cool bag for snacks. It fits between the seats, next to the car seat(s), and straps in with a simple stretch of the middle seatbelt. The photo to the right has it installed in a Ford F-150 Crew Cab. I’ve since had it in small cars (Mitsubishi Lancer), crossovers (Volkswagen Tiguan), and more. It fits everywhere and is totally useful.
When I review that Tiguan, for example, I’ll talk about the 3-hour road trip (each way) to the lake that we took to visit friends and have fun on the water. This BubbleBum Junkie was there for the whole drive and did its job well. It even housed some captured toads (unbeknownst to us) for the trip back.
Add in the Sneck pillow, which attaches to the headrest above the child’s safety seat to hang down when needed, and you’re set! Everything is easy to wash and the bag is removable from the Junkie so you can clean it and keep it in the fridge or wherever’s convenient.